Welcome Prospective PhD Students


We appreciate your interest in the PhD program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. We invite applications from diverse, bright and passionate individuals who are committed to a high level of achievement in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Our program is considered one of the best in the United States in preparing scholars for advanced research careers in social work. As such, the PhD candidate selection process is rigorous, reflecting our emphasis on academic achievement, initiative and motivation. Our goal is to make students competitive for the best available positions here and abroad.


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Admissions Criteria and Application Process

Learn about admission process to the PhD program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and criteria requirements. All application materials must be received by the university by December 1 to be considered priority applications. 
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International Applicants

Learn about the additional admissions criteria and documentation required as part of the PhD application process as an international applicants (those who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States).
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Financial Aid

All incoming students All accepted and admitted students in the program and who remain in good academic standing receive financial assistance for the first four years, amounting to $200,000.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers about the financial support available to PhD students. Understand the scope of the fellowship award for PhD students on covering living expenses and tuition.
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PhD Admissions

Malinda Sampson, PhD Program Manager

Contact Us
Office of PhD Admission
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
669 W. 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0411

Malinda Sampson
PhD Program Manager